Wednesday, November 24, 2010
On 7 November I ran my first ever half-marathon, a year after first 'getting off the couch'. I crossed the finish line in 1:43:39, apparently in 24th place of the 230 who started. But the important thing was just the being there, the sheer joy of running, the finishing, the knowing that I had set a goal and achieved it.
I had a wonderful time running along the scenic tracks and roads around Marysville although the hill climb to the waterfall - about km 13 to 17 - was nasty. The sprint downhill to the finish hammered my quadriceps as well so I was very sore the next day or two. Still, I now feel like a real athlete :-) And now that I'm 29kilograms (about 64 pounds) lighter than when I started exercising, I'm thrilled with the way I feel (and look) in general.
Having done this I'd now like to turn my sights to a full marathon. Possibly around March or April next year would suit me. There are no events where I live so I'll need to travel. I have been thinking about the Strasimeno in Italy although I haven't made my mind up yet. Please make a suggestion if you know of any fun marathon events. (There were plenty of times in my life when I could not have imagined 'marathon' and 'fun' appearing in the same sentence, so I've come a fair way!)
Hope you're all doing well too!